Exercise good deterrent for menopause?

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Answers - Mindy Goldman, M.D. We do have some studies that suggest that women who exercise on a regular basis tend to have fewer menopausal complaints. It certainly is healthy and decreases risk of cardiovascular disease, which is one of the major killers of women in the postmenopausal years. So in general, I would recommend regular weight-bearing exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, three times per week. And this helps protect against osteoporosis, as well.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. If you are concerned about the safest way to get back to an active lifestyle and an exercise routine that's comfortable for you, ask your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist to help you make this transition into a more active lifestyle so you don't put unnecessary strain on your body.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Menopausal Symptoms Part 2 featured Mindy Goldman, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to manage menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2004.

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